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Album Review

Spirit Trail is a portrait of unchecked self-indulgence; its tracks, with their overly busy arrangements, go on too long, not to mention the extended instrumental piano interludes that suddenly pop up here and there and, for example, the two versions of "Preacher in the Ring," with different music and lyrics, neither of them very interesting. Musically and lyrically, Bruce Hornsby is badly in need of an editor. The music should be cut, and the lyrics to these story songs should be streamlined — often they do not sit well on the music—- and clarified — it's usually difficult to tell exactly what he's singing about. But none of this is to criticize Hornsby as a player. He may feel compelled to display his picture ID from his days at the Berklee College of Music in the CD booklet, but nobody has ever questioned his technical ability. Maybe, however, it's time for him to go all the way into instrumental jazz or new age music. If the lyrics to the album-closing "Swan Song" are any indication, he has some changes in mind, and not a moment too soon. It's hard to imagine that a major label is going to continue to subsidize records like this for the pop market much longer.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant Record

Whoever in the heck wrote this Itunes review needs to be shot twice in each kneecap with a bb gun—who lets these morons write this kind of stuff without checking up on them? Itunes needs to fire this jackass and get somebody in there that understands, even remotely, anything at all about music, feeling, and words. This record is beautiful! My favorite Hornsby record, actually.

To whoever wrote the iTunes review are you sure that you to change your opinion?

I was wondering if the person who wrote the iTunes review really listened to the music, and I want to know if that person would want to change that opinion. He/She should go back and listen to the album just for fun not to be critical, and see if their opinion holds strong. I personally think the album is Genius! Sneaking up on Boo Radley sets a totally mysterious mood for the story. The songs are really not that long, and tell really interesting stories. Everyone has their own kind of music. What everyone searches for in music is an opinion. it is unfair to make your opinion sound like it is fact.

Agreed: ITunes Official Review Is Moronic (and, sadly, typical of iTunes)

Apple/iTunes, You can do whatever you want to change the appearance of your virtual Wal-Mart, but as long as you have reviewers who know nothing about music writing idiocy like the review that accompanies Spirit Trail, iTunes will never become an aesthetically pleasing experience.


Born: November 23, 1954 in Williamsburg, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Possessed of a breezy, nonchalant style that belies his technical gifts, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and '60s soul. He worked for a while as a studio player and songwriter, and had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical "The Way It Is." After that, he continued to release albums that honored his own muse rather than the marketplace, and put together various backing bands to...
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